Nagalakshmi makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water, washing clothes and making beds are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Nagalakshmi participates in church activities, Bible class and youth group. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Telling stories, jumping rope and playing ball games are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Nagalakshmi to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Nagalakshmi lives in the coastal community of Penumudi, home to approximately 66,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of concrete and have dirt floors. The primary ethnic group is Adi Dravida and the most commonly spoken language is Telugu.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include viral fever, malaria, typhoid and skin diseases. Most adults in Penumudi are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs proper sanitation, adult literacy classes, vocational training and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of John's Child Development Center to provide Nagalakshmi with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, sports, field trips, picnics, educational counseling and vocational guidance. The center staff will also provide health education and literacy programs for the parents or guardians of Nagalakshmi.
India, the world's largest democracy, has a tropical climate in the south and a more temperate climate in the north. The cool season is from November to March; the dry, hot season is from March to June; and the weather is hot and rainy the rest of the year.
In southern India, languages spoken are Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. In this region Christianity dates back to the first century when St. Thomas the apostle landed in Kerala and established a church there. He was eventually martyred in Chennai, where Compassion's southern office is located.
India is home to one of the world's oldest urban civilizations, dating to about 3500 B.C. This civilization declined around 1500 B.C., and soon after came the Aryan invasion and the gradual establishment of Aryan rule. In 1192, Arabs invaded, bringing with them the Islamic faith. British influence came with trading companies in the 1600s. British rule over India was established in 1757 and lasted until 1947, when a peaceful independence movement, made famous by Mohandas Gandhi, achieved its goal. The country now has a federal republic, and Pratibha Patil was elected the first female president of India in 2007.
India's diverse economy encompasses traditional village farming, modern agriculture, handicrafts, a wide range of modern industries, and a multitude of services. The country has capitalized on its large numbers of well-educated people skilled in the English language to become a major exporter of software services and workers.
Map of India
Child's Location: West of Repalle